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There’s an easier way to switch between open apps. Simply hold down the command key and press tab. Your open apps will be displayed on-screen as a row of icons. Keep holding down the command key while pressing the tab key to select the app you want to use. When you release both keys, the desired app will come to the front of your open windows. You can even quit apps by pressing the Q key while holding down the command key.
Switch Between Open Apps with Mission Control
Mission Control is another easy way to switch between apps. If you have a Magic Trackpad or MacBook trackpad, simply swipe three fingers up to view all open apps. An overview of all of your open apps is displayed. Click on the app you’d like to use, and Mission Control will fade away, with your desired app in focus. Swiping three fingers down on the trackpad displays open windows of the currently used app. You can click on a window to bring it to the front.
I really liked Mission Control, even back when it was called Exposé. After I discovered the command + tab trick, however, that became my favorite way to switch between apps. I still use Mission Control to get an overview of open apps and windows.
Use Hot Corners for Quick Access to Mission Control and Launchpad
Hot Corners is a convenient feature that’s been in Mac OS X for years. It allows users to quickly launch a Mac OS X feature, such as Mission Control or Launchpad, by moving the mouse pointer to a specific corner of the screen. This feature is more useful for those who aren’t using a trackpad. It’s essential if you have one of the older Apple mice.
Configuring Hot Corners is easy. First, go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screensaver. The Desktop & Screensaver settings panel appears. Click on the Hot Corners button toward the bottom right of the panel. Use the drop down menus to pick a desired corner to fire off the feature of your choice. As you can see, there’s a lot that Hot Corners can control.
Mac OS X and macOS are Very Flexible
I know people who have never owned a Mac, yet they claim it is a simple toy. When I bought my first Mac, I was under the same impression. That’s the beauty of the Mac. Its complexity is hidden behind a very simple user interface. You don’t have to be a genius to use a Mac, but it is a very flexible and customizable operating system. It’s far more customizable than Microsoft Windows.
This article just scratches the surface of what you can do with a Mac. There’s so much more you can do. You can use AppleScript or the Automator tool to completely control your Mac. There are countless Terminal commands that dig deep into the operating system’s capabilities. Mac OS X is the first consumer operating system to offer widgets. I encourage you to explore Mac OS X and macOS and push it to its limits. You’ll probably agree that the Macintosh offers users the most advanced operating system.